The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in partnership with the Bank of Industry has called on Nigerian youths to participate in the 2nd National Sixty-Day App Development Challenge.
There are 10 grand prizes of N1 million each to be won along with business development training, laptops and participation certificates for the 50 winners expected.
The 60-day app challenge is aimed at engaging young Nigerians in designing a mobile application to improve a range of processes and increase the level of accessibility to available services, the notice said.
The challenge which commenced on Monday is open until March 10, 2023 when youths between 18 and 35 years of age can submit their pitches.
According to the ministry, the initiative is to improve innovation and creativity among Nigerian youth by encouraging them to develop their own app ideas and turn them into a reality by using them to solve problems.
The challenge cuts across agriculture, education, finance, health, sports and the telecommunications sector.
For agric-tech, apps are needed around precision farming, crop monitoring, and irrigation systems. For edu-tech, apps should hover around online learning platforms, virtual classrooms, and educational games.
The government is also seeking tech ideas on mobile banking, online payment systems, and personal finance management tools in the fintech sector.
In health, apps should be on telemedicine, fitness tracking, and disease management. “An app idea that solves a problem in this sector could be one that helps people manage their health more effectively, provides access to healthcare for underserved communities, or tracks and motivates healthy behaviours,” it noted.
For sports, an app idea that solves a problem in this sector could be one that helps athletes optimise their performance, such as fitness tracking among others.
In telecommunications, apps such as mobile networks, internet service providers, and communication tools are sought after.